We Lie When Time Is Short and Fibbing Feels Justified

LiveScience:

New research suggests a little time might make us more honest. A study found that people are most likely to lie when they are under time pressure to give an answer and they can justify the fib to themselves.

In the study, a group of international researchers instructed about 70 adult participants to roll a die three times. The subjects, who were out of the researchers’ view, were told to report only the outcome of their first roll, and they earned more money for a higher roll. Some were instructed to report the outcome within 20 seconds, and others had unlimited time to give an answer.

By comparing the participants’ responses to those that would be expected from fair rolls, the researchers determined that both groups lied, but those under time pressure were more likely to fib.

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